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“A Real Gem”
Review of Colleys

Ranked #5 of 18 Restaurants in Lechlade
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $65
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A chefs love of casual dining from the brasseries of New York to the street food markets of London & Bangkok. Our menu is written to suit all tastes, steaks from Royal Wootton Bassett, fresh seafood daily & inspired choices for meat eaters & vegetarians. every chef has an input into our writing, cooking & plating. We also have a taste the world evening once a month, full details are always available on our website & social pages. Anything from a 1950's American diner to an Indian street food bazaar. these evenings always sell out so keep your eyes peeled! Our bar is home to 80 of the worlds finest gins all carefully married with a perfect garnish to highlight the true flavour. Any questions on gin just ask for Tom & he'll guide you through the different styles. Colleys is in a 16 century coaching inn with lots of character matched with a casual modern decor. Still owned by the same chef who has worked at colleys since its early days in the 1990's. The kitchen team is now led by the tastes of Chef Nick Oborne. Private parties are easily organised wether it be a coctail party, evening or lunch set menu celebration, a gin tasting event, wedding, or any other group requirement...we are hear to help.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Following excellent reports about this restaurant from family and friends we finally booked for Sunday lunch Easter Sunday 31st. March 2013. In all there were 16 in our party, a bit of a family get together. The restaurant is in a lovely location although car parking can be tricky if the village, Lechlade is busy (quite often). On arrival we were shown to our table by extremely well turned out and friendly waiting staff. Having viewed the menus we made our choices to a young waitress who wrote nothing down and got the orders spot on *amazing service*. On completion of our starters the staff then paraded the main courses to the table, so that we could make our choices, whole roast shoulder of pork, what appeared to be a side of beef (huge joint) together with fish and vegetarian options for those so minded. Again nothing written down, and the order spot on, down to the request for the well cooked end bits from the beef. Magic. All the food including the seasonal vegetables was delicious and good portions served, hardly a scrap left on the plates. A lovely selection of deserts appeared before us and choices made, all tastes catered for here. Then the 'coup de grace' a second choice of desert or cheese platter for those still able (not many).
This then cost us a fortune - none of it we all ate for around £20, excellent value taking into account it was Easter Sunday and the quality of food and service. Whilst the room we were in was busy, and one or two toddlers were in, the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxing.
I would not hesitate to recommend Colleys to anyone who enjoys good food and quality service.
Ten out of Ten.

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1  Thank Ian B
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was a lunch time family reunion for eleven people with varying ages from 24 to 85 - the atmosphere was good and the service very polite and helpful. When we arrived we were met with a smile and shown to our seats. Collies waits for all their guests to be seated before the food is served. The lunch time menu is limited to a choice of four starters and four mains (March lunch menu) this was not a problem for us as it met all our likes etc. The main course was paraded to each table so you can see what you want to eat, beef, pork, fish and a veggie option. All looked very appetising and our table had a mixture of beef and pork the only problem was that there was a very long wait from starters to mains (1 hour) the people on our table who had pork had a good portion however, those who had beef did find it difficult to find the meat on their plates. It looked like they were running out of beef!! However, what we got was very nice and the veg and potatoes cooked to perfection. The deserts were excellent and you were offered a second portion if you wanted it.
One excellent point was that one of our guests had an intolerance to onions and the chef ensured that this guests food was prepared separately.
Was is value for money - yes
Would I go back again - yes
Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend it even though the beef was very rare!!!!

Thank cathandrobert
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

We visited Colley's one cold February evening for my Birthday and having heard such good reviews from friends we were really looking forward to it.

The place was intimate and friendly- that I cannot fault. Unfortunately the place was so cold and OH was in real discomfort from this.

The menu looked good. OH had the pork and ginger spring rolls to start. They were ok. Main courses I had steak and OH had the burger.My steak was cooked perfectly and OH's burger was too.

I found thought that it was all a 'bit much'. The steak came with a rocket (I think it was) and plum tomato salad then a coleslaw and something else and the combination of food was just OTT. OH said the burger was ok but nothing special - I think being cold took any pleasure from his meal to be honest.

We decided to try a dessert and both opted for the affogato - espresso with hazelnut liqueur and vanilla icecream. We fancied a little ice cream but thought the espresso and liqueur would warm us up nicely at the end. Imagine our horror when the dessert came and it is all mixed into one! A liquidy cold pudding when we were already cold just topped the night off.

I said to OH that maybe we should try it again another time but he wouldn't want to rush back.

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Thank squirrelchops
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We visited Colleys today as a large group for the Sunday lunch, there was a great busy atmosphere with lots of celebrations going on. The food was lovely and very plentiful. I particularly like the way the food is presented to you before you make your choices.
Unfortunately they are very busy and it was quite hard to get their attention, particularly for drinks, we found ourselves sitting with empty glasses and bottles for almost an hour.
The only thing letting this great place down was the maitre d, he was rude and almost partonising on several occasions and did come across unnessesairly pretentious.
Overall a very good Sunday lunch.

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Thank kyeandel
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Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

We went for the classic fixed price 4 course Classic Colleys. On arrival very friendly greeting, menu was well balanced choice, one of our party is gluten intolerant, if you notify them in advance they produce your own menu so not treated as an after thought, even syrup pudding had a gluten free option.

The menu is bought to the table all plated so you can see, have it explained before you order, great idea, no need to lean over to look on table next door.

Food quality was very good, atmosphere unique with a very welcoming if slightly eccentric host but that what makes a place like this great rather than just good.

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